It was only yesterday that the House Martins returned in their usual numbers, but 2 pairs of birds have already half built their nest on one of the houses nearby. The heavy rain overnight and again this morning must have helped with the mud they needed.
I had ventured out this morning but not for too long and was surprised that there were a few butterflies on the wing, mainly Small White, Orange-tips and Small Tortoiseshells, but also my first Small Heath of the year, on the short turf behind the village.
A hedgerow at the back I hadn't checked since the winter and had a few new flowers along it, Common Dog Rose, Raspberry and both Jacob's-ladder (Polemonium caeruleum) and Columbine, though the latter two are garden outcasts here, not wild plants, even though they are not very close to any garden or indeed where they could have been dumped.
Back in the garden, I did not put the trap out last night but did take the previous nights catch away to be released on the fell earlier. But in the garden during a little tidy-up I did find a few moths hiding, presumably off the previous night but not making it into the trap and decided to stay put. Nothing new, though one of a couple of pugs that got away may have been a Currant Pug. Best though was another Alder Moth (unless it was one of the two that beat me home) and a Clouded Silver.
Flowering plants - 167
Birds - 102
Butterflies - 13
Moths - 61